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Confession time: I have a fear of flying.
Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of flying. First of all, I have no control over the plane. I don’t know the pilots. And, I’m afraid of heights. Not a great combo for someone who always finds themselves in the sky. Don’t get me wrong, flying is a privilege. I once had a friend who had never flown in his entire life, until he was twenty-six years old. Not everyone has the opportunity to fly to new places and see new sights. So I say to myself, count yourself blessed, girl.
These are just a few ideas to keep you sane during your flight to wherever—and remember, it’s safer to fly than it is to drive a car. Think about it.
Safe travels, all!
Netflix & Fly?
Did you know that if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can download movies and TV shows to watch offline?
This has been a game changer for me, folks! You mean I can just watch entire seasons of The Office while I trek across the country and/or globe?
Yes, dear one. Yes you can.
Open the Netflix app on your smartphone, go to the ‘Downloads’ tab at the bottom of the screen and click ‘FIND SOMETHING TO DOWNLOAD”.
Yup, it’s that easy.
In addition to having some movies or TV episodes on deck via purchases or using a laptop, if you’re a Netflix-er, this could be an amazing way to soothe your plane anxiety. It definitely works for me when I need a little distraction from the turbulence. Here are some of my top suggestions:
Once Upon a Time
Being Mary Jane
Dear White People
Books, Magazines…Research Articles, oh my.
Whatever tickles your fancy, make sure to pack some good reading material when you’re traveling long or—let’s be real—even short distances as a fearful flyer. Reading is a great escape from the world around you, and will be a good distraction for at least an hour of your plane ride. Pick something up that’s going to engross you in the story, or news articles. This way, your mind is pre-occupied with what that notable interviewee said, rather than is the engine supposed to sound like that?
Trust me, reading does wonders. And hey, look–more suggestions for you:
Pack ONLY what you NEED.
It’s stressful enough getting to the airport on time—especially if you’re using a ride-share app like Uber or Lyft—so why add on to that stress by overpacking? Especially if the trip is a quick, weekend getaway. If you’re planning a three-week trek across Europe, you’ll obviously need to pack a wee bit more—or not. Hey, it’s your life.
I’ve already mentioned a list of essentials to pack in order to vacation like a (somewhat) boss, but here’s a quick refresher:
2-3 pairs of pants (1 or 2 pairs of shorts, if the weather’s warm)
3-4 tops (pack at least O N E dressy top, trust me!)
1 pair of good walking/running shoes
1 pair of sandals
Deodorant (please, for the love of—)
Lotion (remember, less than 3 oz.)
Makeup remover/baby wipes
Get to the airport at least an hour before boarding
This little piece of advice is key in keeping your stress level low and manageable. Get there on time by planning in advance how and when you’ll get there. For me, I use Lyft for when there’s no one who’s able to take me to the airport on a certain day, or at an ungodly hour (like 3AM, say whaaa?).
Pack your favorite snack(s)
Because I used to get so nervous before a trip, I would lose all appetite when I flew. That’s fine if you’re doing a quick hour flight to LA or FL. But what about those cross-country treks? It’s not going to cut it.
If you bring only one snack on your trip, that’s fine—it’s something to nibble on while you’re traveling and will keep your body fueled even if you’re just sitting on a plane all day. You have to eat, so pack something you like, like a protein bar, some grapes or chocolate—whatever it takes to get you through the trip.
Oh, and one more thing.
PACK WATER. Trust me on this one, you’ll thank me later. Stay hydrated no matter where you’re traveling to. It’s dehydrating being on a plane and you’re going to want to stay hydrated.
For my first-time flyers this summer, I hope this advice helps you feel confident to board that flight you’ve been wanting to take. The fear of flying is actually not completely irrational, but it’s also no excuse for you to miss out on that well-deserved vacation you’ve been pining for. It’s all worth it once you land safely, which you will, and see the sights you’ve been dying to see or hug the people you’ve been so excited to embrace.
For my fearless flyers–fess up your secret: what helps keep you sane during your flight?